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Canalway Challenge Kicks Off 6th Season on NYS Canals

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The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor invites New Yorkers to trace history and track miles as part of the Canalway Challenge in 2024. The free program welcomes people of all ages and abilities to set a personal mileage goal and then walk, run, cycle, or paddle along the NYS Canal System to achieve it and receive recognition and rewards.

Participants can choose from a range of mileage options, including 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles. A 1st Mile Challenge is open to people with mobility challenges.

“The Canalway Challenge combines fitness and fun and offers perfect motivation for people to get outside and explore the canal. Participants repeatedly tell us how much they discover while logging miles. From historic sites to beautiful scenery, regional specialty foods and beverages to charming canal communities, every mile delivers something special,” said Bob Radliff, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Now in its 6th year, Canalway Challenge participants from 30 U.S. states and four countries have logged 1.6 million miles along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail to date.

Sign up at www.canalwaychallenge.com

Registration is open to individuals, organizations, and teams. People can complete the Challenge in one big trip or many small ones from May 1 through the end of October. Upon completion, participants receive a mileage sticker, magnet, and set of four commemorative postcards.

The NYS Canal System officially opens for the season on May 17th.

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